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Burundians vote in parliamentary elections marred by violence, opposition boycott

  • Relatives and friends carry the coffin of Masumbuko Prime Abduli, from his home for burial  in Bujumbura, Burundi, Sunday, June 28, 2015. At least two people were killed in overnight attacks that they believe were carried out by Burundian police, witnesses said Sunday as the country prepared for legislative elections despite an upsurge in violence. Mohamed Masumbuko said his brother, Masumbuko Prime Abdul, was killed in a grenade attack, his "face completely shredded." He blamed the police for the attack on his neighborhood. It was not immediately possible to get a comment from the police, who have previously blamed an escalation of violence on protesters opposed to a third term for President Pierre Nkurunziza.(AP Photo/Berthier Mugiraneza)

    Relatives and friends carry the coffin of Masumbuko Prime Abduli, from his home for burial in Bujumbura, Burundi, Sunday, June 28, 2015. At least two people were killed in overnight attacks that they believe were carried out by Burundian police, witnesses said Sunday as the country prepared for legislative elections despite an upsurge in violence. Mohamed Masumbuko said his brother, Masumbuko Prime Abdul, was killed in a grenade attack, his "face completely shredded." He blamed the police for the attack on his neighborhood. It was not immediately possible to get a comment from the police, who have previously blamed an escalation of violence on protesters opposed to a third term for President Pierre Nkurunziza.(AP Photo/Berthier Mugiraneza)  (The Associated Press)

  • Burundian people line up to vote in parliamentary elections in Ngozi, Burundi, Monday, June 29, 2015.  Burundians are voting in parliamentary elections marked by an opposition boycott and the threat of violence as police battle anti-government protesters in the capital. (AP Photo/Gildas Ngingo)

    Burundian people line up to vote in parliamentary elections in Ngozi, Burundi, Monday, June 29, 2015. Burundians are voting in parliamentary elections marked by an opposition boycott and the threat of violence as police battle anti-government protesters in the capital. (AP Photo/Gildas Ngingo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Burundian people complete their ballot papers while others wait to vote in parliamentary elections in Ngozi, Burundi, Monday, June 29, 2015.  Burundians are voting in parliamentary elections marked by an opposition boycott and the threat of violence as police battle anti-government protesters in the capital. (AP Photo/Gildas Ngingo)

    Burundian people complete their ballot papers while others wait to vote in parliamentary elections in Ngozi, Burundi, Monday, June 29, 2015. Burundians are voting in parliamentary elections marked by an opposition boycott and the threat of violence as police battle anti-government protesters in the capital. (AP Photo/Gildas Ngingo)  (The Associated Press)

Voting is underway in Burundi's parliamentary elections despite an opposition boycott and the threat of violence as police battle anti-government protesters in the capital.

Gunfire could be heard in some parts of Bujumbura as voting started at 6 a.m., and there is heavy security across the city.

In the Musaga neighborhood, which has seen violent protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, there were few civilians in sight Monday as mostly police and soldiers lined up to vote.

The voting is taking place despite calls by the international community for a postponement until there is a peaceful environment for credible elections.

Bujumbura has suffered unrest since the ruling party announced on April 26 that Nkurunziza would be its candidate in presidential elections scheduled for July 15.